This book examines the relationship that exists between fantasy cinema and the medium of animation. Animation has played a key role in defining our collective expectations and experiences of fantasy cinema, just as fantasy storytelling has often served as inspiration for our most popular animated film and television. Bringing together contributions from world-renowned film and media scholars, Fantasy/Animation considers the various historical, theoretical, and cultural ramifications of the animated fantasy film. This collection provides a range of chapters on subjects including Disney, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli, filmmakers such as Ralph Bakshi and James Cameron, and on film and television franchises such as Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon (2010–) and HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011–).

chapter |19 pages


approaching fantasy/animation

part one|86 pages

ontology and spectatorship

chapter one|18 pages

wonderlands, slumberlands and plunderlands

considering the animated fantasy

chapter three|15 pages

in the face of … animated fantasy characters

on the role of baby schemata in the elicitation of empathic reactions

chapter four|18 pages

fantastical empathy

encountering abstraction in bret battey’s sinus aestum (2009)

chapter five|16 pages

the reality of fantasy

VFX as fantasmatic supplement in game of thrones (2011–)

part two|84 pages

authors and nations

chapter seven|15 pages

fantastic french fox

the national identity of le roman de renard (1941) as an animated film

chapter eight|17 pages

the “iconoclast of animation”

counter-culturalism in ralph bakshi’s fantasy films

chapter nine|17 pages

animating japan

the fantasy films of studio ghibli

part three|85 pages

culture and industry

chapter eleven|17 pages

“loved the animation, hated the CGI”

how audiences responded to digital effects in the hobbit films (2012–2014)

chapter twelve|17 pages

from buzz to business

hollywood, fantasy and the computer-animated film industry

chapter fourteen|18 pages

the evolution of reproductive fantasies

an interdisciplinary feminist analysis of disney’s tangled (2010)

chapter fifteen|15 pages

“enter the world”

james cameron’s avatar (2009) and the family-adventure movie